A joint conference chaired between the United Nations and the European Union has raised pledges totalling €.8.3 billion towards supporting the future of Syria and the region.
The Brussels III Conference, From March 12 to 14th, on 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region,’ succeeded in mobilising pledges totalling €8.3 billion for 2019-20, and beyond, out of which €6.2 billion is for 2019, and multiyear pledges close to €2.1 billion.
The conference had renewed its support for a lasting political solution to end the Syria crisis.
Of the overall pledges, around two thirds come from the E U, which has contributed a total of €6.79 billion: €2.57 billion from the EU budget managed by the European Commission and €4.22 billion from EU Member States. Out of the €2.57 billion from the EU budget, €2.01 billion is committed for 2019, while €560 million has already been committed for 2020, for people in need inside Syria and in the region.
“Our goal remains the same: a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned political process, facilitated by the U N, to establish inclusive and non-sectarian governance for a united Syria. This is what we are all trying to work for and this is also the main reason why we convened the Brussels Conference. All of us must use our leverage to relaunch the Geneva negotiations and put an end to the war in Syria. Freezing the conflict at its current stage is not a solution,” EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said.
The situation inside Syria remains critical, with 11.7 million Syrians in need of protection and humanitarian assistance. A further 5.6 million Syrian refugees are in neighbouring countries.
To that effect, Brussels III renewed and strengthened the political, humanitarian and financial commitment of the international community to support the Syrian people, the neighbouring countries and the communities most affected by the conflict.
Despite the contributions at the Conference, humanitarian and reconstruction needs of people inside Syria, and in the region however, remain enormous. In 2019, the Humanitarian Response Plan for Syria amounts to $ 3.3 billion to provide immediate life-saving, protection and resilience support to 11.7 million people.
In addition, $ 5.5 billion are required for the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) to support refugee and host-community humanitarian and resilience-related assistance in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.